ScienceMONTGOMERY announces its 2020 ISEF Finalists

Ben Nachod (Sophomore, Poolesville High School)

Analysis of the Degradation and Biogas Yield of the Anaerobic Digestion of PHBV, PLA, Cellulose, and PET Bioplastics with Wastewater Sludge Inoculum

Dhruv Pai (Sophomore, Montgomery Blair High School)

PrediGen: Tracing Genealogy of Medical Devices

Anjan Sesetty and Ishaan Jain (Freshmen, Poolesville High School and Richard Montgomery High School, respectively) 

A Novel Obstructive Sleep Apnea Management System

Ambrose Yang (Senior, Montgomery Blair High School) 

Analogues of the Robin-Lagarias Criteria for the Riemann Hypothesis


Alternate: Ethan Tang (Senior, Montgomery Blair High School)

Characterizing Cesium Iodide and Bismuth Germinate Scintillators and Phoswich Detectors for Gamma-Ray Space Telescopes

Local community organizations that typically offer awards at our fair are hosting their own competitions which may be of interest. In some cases, you will be able to submit your science fair poster. Check them out.


              Washington Statistical Society FOR K-12 STUDENTS    

Entry deadline: June 1, 2020.

WSS Data Visualization Poster Competition Page: Webpage will be updated shortly: here's last year's link: http://www.washstat.org/poster/ 

Entry form, detailed rubric, rules for submission, and information about the national competition: http://www.amstat.org/asa/education/ASA-Statistics-Poster-Competition-for-Grades-K-12.aspx

Please note that you will be submitting your information to the national competition; Washington area projects will be reviewed by the Washington Statistical Society.

Winning posters from 2019: https://magazine.amstat.org/blog/2019/08/01/2019posterproject

First prize (individual) $100 (team) $50 per member up to $200

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Petraglia (elizabethpetraglia@westat.com) 

*Curtis Jacobs Memorial Prize for Outstanding Statistics Project


The deadline is April 24, 2020.

First prize: $100 for student(s); additional prizes for teacher sponsors

“Note that science fair projects involving data collection and statistical analysis are often eligible for this competition; students are strongly encouraged to simply submit the associated report for a science fair project as an entry.” Check the WSS website for a downloadable pdf. There are middle and high school divisions. 

Aerospace Engineering and Sciences Essay Contest

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - National Capital Section

For Students Grades 9-12, both individuals and teams are eligible
Entry deadline midnight April 30 to 


AIAAShaping the Future of Aerospace by Helping Aerospace Professionals and Their Organizations Succeed - The AIAA Foundation supports the next generation of aerospace professionals through innovative education projects and recognition.   


ScienceMontgomery students who wish to compete- submit an essay addressing this prompt: 

In what ways does your project match AIAA's tagline "Shaping the Future of Aerospace"?  

In 500 words or less, explain how your purpose, hypothesis, research, and results present an innovative application in the fields of aeronautics/astronautics. 

The judges will have access to your abstract.  Your essay will be judged on the following criteria:
            1) attention to the prompt
         2) inclusion of what inspired you to choose the project
         3) how your research shaped your hypothesis
         4) whether your results inspired you to address new questions
         5) inclusion of potential sources of error in your experimentation/design process.  

Each of the criteria will be worth 20 points.  Your project category and numbergrade level, and titlemust be included; however these items are not part of the 500 word count limit. 


3 First Place Awards: 

·      one-year student membership in AIAA, and 

·      invitation to the ‘Mission Design Lifecycle’ 3-Day Experience @ NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center this July 28-29-30 (subject to Coronacrisis impacts) 


Questions? Info@aiaancs.org